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Liverpool V Arsenal
Sunday 21st December. 4PM. Sky Sports 1
Super Sunday is a real pre-Christmas treat with the main act coming from Anfield as Liverpool and Arsenal do battle in the race for Champions League football.
Neither side has been particularly reliable this term but both are capable of producing magic and we’ve seen plenty of drama during recent meetings. Fans will be hopeful of seeing another classic encounter on Sunday.
We don’t think these two bitter rivals will let us down.
Reds Look To Bring Cup Form To League
Liverpool’s disappointment at Old Trafford was clear for all to see and it was a telling afternoon as the Reds didn’t play particularly bad. However, Brendan Rodgers is really struggling to find a winning formula right now and is facing real problems at both ends of the pitch.
The hosts ship far too many goals to mount a title challenge and those wobbles could even cost them a shot at qualifying for the Champions League. In the attacking third, the significance of Daniel Sturridge’s injury cannot be overlooked but Rodgers cannot use the absence of one player as an excuse for his side’s failings.
To be fair, the Reds haven’t performed too badly at Anfield, but there is a real sense of fear when they face the big teams and Arsenal will look to capitalise on this. However, Liverpool did net three against Bournemouth on Tuesday and can use that momentum to make a real go of things on Sunday.
The Anfield crowd will get right behind their team but it will be a tense atmosphere, especially if the hosts fall behind. Whatever happens, it should be a gripping affair.
Gunners Shooting For Big Win
The memories of last season’s crushing 5-1 defeat will be fresh in the mind of Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal boss will be eager to exact revenge here.
Whilst Liverpool’s attacking unit has lost its edge due to the summer sale of Luis Suarez, Arsenal’s has been boosted by the additions of Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck. The new Gunners signings have really hit the ground running this season and will be eager to punish a vulnerable Liverpool defence on Sunday.
Hitting back with five goals of their own may be a little farfetched, but the Gunners will have taken note of Manchester United’s efficient demolition last weekend. Liverpool’s defence, particularly if Brad Jones retains the gloves, is there for the taking and we can expect plenty of chances for the visitors.
Arsenal do have defensive issues of their own but they will be confident heading into this epic encounter. Attack will be the best form of defence and, if they can find their rhythm, the Gunners are more than capable of taking another huge step towards Champions League qualification.
Liverpool V Arsenal Betting
Sunday’s showdown is an eagerly anticipated contest and is set to be a cracking encounter that could go either way. That feeling has been underlined by Bet365’s odds of Arsenal at 6/4 against Liverpool at 9/5. The draw is available at 12/5.
The Gunners are far from perfect but they do boast one of the league’s best frontlines and that can be used to destroy Liverpool’s shaky defence.
Rodgers hasn’t addressed the defensive issues from last season and that has continued to plague them throughout the first half of this campaign. The Reds may well cause Arsenal problems in the final third, but we have to think the Gunners will respond with a couple of goals themselves.
Arsenal to score over 1.5 goals @ 6/5 with Bet365
The Reds might be in slightly improved spirits after Wednesday’s Capital One Cup win over Bournemouth, but we are still edging towards an away win as the Gunners look to retain pole position in the race for fourth.
If the visitors are to shine at Anfield then there is a strong chance that star man Sanchez will be the man to inspire victory once more. The Chilean is producing goals and assists at a rapid rate and, at 8/1, we think he is well worth a shout on the Man of the Match market.
Alexis Sanchez Man of the Match @ 8/1 with BetVictor
It’s also worth noting that various bookmakers are offering special promotions on this fixture, including Bet365’s free in-play offer. Place a bet (max £50) on the match pre-game and then place another bet in-play and if the latter loses you will get a refund.
Essentially, you can get £100 worth of bets for £50. You can’t grumble at that.